I discovered that self-publishing my own products is an excellent way to earn money on the Internet. Software and e-books are two products that sell extremely well. I will focus on e-books in this article, but the majority of the techniques I will describe are also applicable to software publishing.
Assume you want to earn money online but are unsure where to begin. You could become an affiliate, but that would require knowledge of how to drive traffic to your websites and some online marketing skills, which you may lack. What are your options then?
A viable option would be to gather information on a particular subject that interests you or about which you are knowledgeable and write a brief e-book. This does not need to be lengthy. It could be a few pages of information, say 20 to 30 pages. You can further enhance the quality of the e-book by including a few graphics, photographs, or images that help describe what you are attempting to convey through words.
How did you go about creating the book and its graphics? The most straightforward and cost-effective method is to use your own computer, if you have one, or to visit a public library and borrow one for a while. You can type everything using a text editor such as Microsoft Works or Microsoft Words.
Both of these programs enable you to incorporate images and photographs into the document you are working on. If you have access to a scanner, you can upload the images to your computer.
Additionally, you can obtain the images from free clip art websites on the Internet, which eliminates the need to create them yourself. Additionally, you can use Paint to create some images. That is a pre-installed Microsoft program on the majority of today’s PC computers.
Once you have obtained the text version of the e-book, you will need to convert it to another format. This new format will be used to sell and distribute your e-book to customers. Because you intend to sell this product to a large number of people, the file must be compatible with the vast majority of computers and operating systems.
PDF is one of the best formats for selling your e-books. This is the default setting for Adove Reader. It is widely used and compatible with the vast majority of computers on the planet. How do you convert text to PDF now? This is a simple process that you can perform from within Microsoft Works.
Once your document is complete, save it. Then, in the left upper corner of your computer, click File, and then click Publish to PDF. Your file will be converted automatically to PDF format. Adove Reader is also pre-installed on the majority of PCs. Therefore, do not be concerned. This is probably going to work for you.
The advantage of this technique is that it is completely free. You are not required to purchase any expensive software or anything similar. You can quickly prepare your e-book for distribution.
You now require a website. You can register a domain name with Godaddy by visiting www.godaddy.com. Your domain name is how visitors will find you. This costs approximately $2.99 when combined with the purchase of a hosting account.
Hosting is the term used to describe the physical space on a server. All legitimate websites must pay for hosting. There are several hosting plans available, starting at $3.99 per month. That is extremely inexpensive. For less than $6 and a few hours of work, you can create your first product.
After establishing your website with them, you can begin creating your home page. They sell a $15 website builder software program. This will come in handy if you decide to create additional websites in the future.
As a result, you obtain this software and design your own homepage. What comes next? Before we continue, consider the following. The sales letter is what will ultimately result in the sale of your product. Whatever the quality of your e-book, your clients will not know until they purchase it. Therefore, your sales letter must be persuasive enough to sell the product, and your product must be of sufficient quality to deter customers from requesting refunds.
However, what do you do once your website is up and running and your product is ready to launch? What is your next course of action? You must spread the word about your product. You must reach a sizable audience of prospective clients. This is the most difficult part. The trick is to maximize leverage.
I will discuss two of my favorite techniques. Affiliate networks and viral marketing are examples of these. When you join an affiliate network, you have the opportunity to connect with a large number of potential affiliates who will promote your product for you. The disadvantage of this strategy is that on the most effective affiliate networks, thousands of merchants like you are competing for the same thing.
It is all a numbers game, but if you can convince a few super affiliates to promote your product, you will be fine. Bear in mind that while the more affiliates you have, the better, this does not necessarily mean that your profits will increase. A few knowledgeable affiliates may be more profitable than a large number of inexperienced affiliates.
Affiliates compensate you or invest time and effort in promoting your product in exchange for a commission on sales. You decide how much commission to offer affiliates. You are only remunerated when they generate a sale for you.
As an example, suppose you are selling your e-book for $25. Then you offer affiliates a 20% commission. You pay them $5 for each sale of one of your products and keep the remaining $20. This is optional, and the amount you pay them per sale is entirely up to you.
www.clickbank.com is one of the affiliate networks that you can join. They have a network of over 100,000 affiliates who are adept at marketing your products. There are numerous other businesses that offer comparable services, but ClickBank is one of my favorites.
The other technique is viral marketing. This entails advertising in such a way that your marketing efforts are multiplied by a factor of many. For instance, you could write articles and make them available to other webmasters for use on their websites and newsletters. This is an extremely effective marketing technique because a brief advertisement can be included at the bottom of each article.
When you submit your articles to multiple article banks, webmasters in need of content for their websites can borrow your articles and offer them to their visitors for free. Your articles spread like a virus throughout the Internet. When someone reads one of your articles and scrolls down to the resource box, they may visit your website if they are interested in the information you provide.
This is an extremely effective marketing strategy. You can submit articles to numerous article databases, such as www.goarticles.com and www.articlecity.com. These are the two most profitable techniques I have discovered thus far.
There are numerous additional marketing strategies available to help you increase sales and promote your products, but this article contains the essential information to get started. I hope I have been beneficial. You could give it a shot and determine whether or not it works for you. Certain individuals earn a substantial amount of money each day by selling their own products on the Internet.